The duck’s view

UCU’s Anglican guild presidential policy.

The private sector foundation report specifically on the education sector boosts of secondary schools like seeta and kitende for having paved the rock and establish health competition with the public schools, but at university level the report highly commends UCU for its success despite its private nature.

Several websites rank UCU second best university in uganda,they point out none other than but the quality Anglican missionary lecturers from several communities like the church of England, American ,Australia and a round of others just volunteering to teach at the Anglican university. Bishop tucker theological college is the most prestigious among all and has today lived up to the motto “a center of excellence in the heart of Africa with several Archbishops and former Archbishops of African countries being old boys of the college and now university among them Nigeria, Ghana and not forgetting the learned holy bishop of York. This was also another reason as to why UCU attained the second position.

Shocking as it may sound, the discipline and wholesome management of the Anglican student leaders got the institution more points compared to mbarara and mubs because of the existence of a few strikes within their institutions. Everyone should clearly know that UCU is a modernized seminary, just like they are two types students in seminary secondary schools those who are perusing a divine calling and those who only want UCE or UACE, like kisubi seminary among others.

Article 27 clause 1b,d of the students guild states that for one to be a presidential candidate he or she must be able and willing to affirm and subscribe to the instruments of identity of Uganda Christian university, be a baptized and confirmed member of the church of the Anglican communion that is in fellowship with the church of Uganda.

Is this article consistent with state policy and the constitution?

Article 21 of the constitution is to the effect that all persons are equal under the law and should enjoy it protection, clause 2 states that no person shall be discriminated according to race, tribe color sex or REGLION. The word discriminate has no better definition rather than that there in, as to give different treatment to persons attributively to their sex, race color, religion etc.

Is the policy discriminatory?

The discrimination as a right in the constitution is not a non derogable,therefore it is derogable and can be dealt away with in excusable circumstances that adhere to the constitution limit in article 21 clause a ,b. Therefore I will assert that the limit to only the office of the guild president is within the limit that is excused for the education policy and that which is generally acceptable in a democratic society as the constitution commands.

There is no discrimination of none Anglican students who want to stand for positions in the guild, what exists are limits set by the university with mandate from the university and tertiary institutions act and the university charter. Section 3 sets the objectives of the act as to among others to respect the autonomy and freedom of the institutions in management and the university charter that asserts that the university shall set qualifications of student leaders and be the overall supervisor of the students government.

Its only for the post of guild president that students from other religions cannot stand for because of the type of institution that UCU is a private faith- based university built under the early foundations of the bishop tucker theological college in 1913.[1] Professor Noll further assets that the institution was built to specifically train Anglican ministers in the Anglican church, this makes the university special enough to have an Anglican leader. The university charter in its introduction defines UCU as an Anglican faith based institution.

Justice kavume in a descent in the case of lyomoki and others vs Ag[2] states that all derogable rights have specific limits but the limits must be those accepted in a democratic society. The question now is their democracy in UCU despite that limit? My answer is yes because even mos elms can stand for MP,become cabinet ministers and even rise to the office of vice president and an elaborative example is that of the hon learned attorney general hon bangi saiyid my mp. This is un heard of in other religious universities like IUIU, KISUBI inclusive the university of west Virginia. UCU relaxed this policy in order to suit a democratic society.

The theory or the background of representation is to the effect that you u cannot represent a constituency you don’t belong to. “Woman are supposed to be represented by women, disabled by the disabled and the abled by the abled, workers cannot be represented by the unemployed”[3]

I know of many colleagues who are able leaders including me but we cannot rise to this position because of our religion. The position of the law in UCU supported by the national statues and history is against our wishes. But if one wants to really serve UCU and isn’t an Anglican he can stand for mp and also have influence.

The other way forward is get baptized like what the calm composed honorable raze did, by that u will be able to serve the larger UCU community with great will and ease rather than force you way through the line ,and get punched.            



[1] UCU work poilcy 2009

[2] EA law reports 2005

[3] Gordan former court of appeal judge(military),LLBI JAN,consitutional law class,right to repersentation.